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Chipotle Stock: Underrated Growth Opportunity?

With so many recent closures, many restaurants are looking to expand and fill the new gaps in the market. Let’s take a look at Chipotle stock.
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The COVID-19 pandemic was an incredibly difficult time to be in the restaurant industry. The pandemic caused staffing shortages, supply chain restrictions and higher food costs. Not to mention that customers weren’t even allowed to sit in a restaurant for the better part of a year. But, what’s interesting is that these issues mainly impacted single-location restaurants. Chain restaurants, on the other hand, such as Chipotle stock, didn’t struggle quite as much. In fact, as we start to put the pandemic behind us, many chain restaurants are getting back into growth mode. In particular, Chipotle stock is looking to expand rapidly.

During the pandemic, about 90,000 restaurants permanently shut their doors. Most of these restaurants had just one or two locations. These smaller operations just didn’t have the cash on hand to keep the lights on during this difficult time. Or, they didn’t have the customer base to go mobile-only.

Large chain restaurants, on the other hand, were able to weather the pandemic thanks to a few key advantages. During COVID-19, large chains were able to lean on parent companies for cash flow and guidance. They also have economies of scale which makes mobile ordering more profitable, even with smaller margins.

With so many closures in the past year, many restaurant chains are looking to expand and fill the new gaps in the market. With that in mind, let’s take a look at one of the most promising Mexican-style fast-casual restaurants: Chipotle (NYSE: CMG).

Chipotle’s Business

If you’ve never been, Chipotle is a popular Mexican chain restaurant. It mainly operates in the U.S. with 2,918 domestic locations and 44 international locations. Chipotle is known for having a simple menu, as most Mexican restaurants do. Customers can enjoy burritos, tacos, or bowls that are made to order in front of them.

In 2021, Chipotle stock brought in annual revenue of $7.55 billion. This was a year-over-year increase of 26%. It also reported a net income of $653 million, up 83% YoY.

More recently, Chipotle reported a stellar Q1 2022. In Q1, the burrito chain reported total revenue of $2 billion, up 16% YoY. Notably, same-store sales also increased by 33%. This means that each store reported a 33% increase in sales compared to the previous year (on average). This is a closely-watched metric for businesses with multiple locations.

Chipotle also has decided to aggressively build more locations. It previously set a goal of 6,000 total locations but upped this number to 7,000. Management likely made this decision because it knows that there are fewer local restaurants to compete with. In Q1, Chipotle opened up 51 new locations and plans to open 250 more in 2022.

CEO Brian Niccol was pleased with these financial results and stated, “Chipotle’s performance in the first quarter was strong, despite challenges from the Omicron variant and ongoing inflation.”

Offering Customers More Ways to Pay

It’s also worth noting that Chipotle will now let customers buy burritos with cryptocurrency. To make this possible, the Tex-Mex chain inked a partnership with Flexa. This allows it to accept 98 different digital currencies including Bitcoin, Ether and Solana.

A few other companies have made a similar move to accept crypto. AMC and Tesla are the first two that come to mind. More often than not, this move feels more like a marketing ploy than a strategic business decision. While the future of crypto is bright, it is still not widely used as a currency. It’s tough to imagine someone going out of their way to buy a burrito with Bitcoin.

However, there is something to be said for Chipotle stocks desire to enhance its customer experience. Cryptocurrency could eventually provide a faster checkout and more payment flexibility. All of this will help to enhance the checkout experience for customers.

While it’s not that big of a deal (yet), there also really isn’t any downside to Chipotle accepting cryptocurrency.

Is Chipotle Stock a Buy?

I usually stray away from providing direct “yes” or “no” answers to questions like this. Usually, I prefer to highlight the positive and negative aspects and let you choose for yourself. However, for the long-term investor, Chipotle stock definitely has a solid case to be a winner.

To start, Chipotle has a lot of significant advantages over other restaurants.

  1. Speed: Chipotle absolutely whisks customers in and out. BUT, it’s also not fast food. Since it only serves a few food options it just cooks these in bulk to get you your food quickly.
  2. Cheap: This will become a bigger value prop as inflation squeezes consumer spending power.
  3. Relatively healthy: Chipotle is generally the healthier choice over McDonald’s, Wendy’s, or other fast food options.
  4. It’s delicious: You already know this is if you’ve ever had Chipotle.

With these four factors in mind, it’s no wonder that customers keep on coming back to Chipotle. Chipotle is also a very attractive choice for specific demographics. Examples include broke college students and families looking to dine on a budget.

Underrated Growth Opportunity for Chipotle Stock

Despite its popularity in the U.S., Chipotle stock still has plenty of room to expand. In fact, it has much more potential than investors give it credit for.

Remember, 90,000 restaurants went out of business in 2022. Chipotle can easily build more locations to absorb this market share. The fact that same-store sales grew 33% in Q1 might already be a sign that customers have fewer food options and are flocking to Chipotle. On top of that, Chipotle hasn’t even begun to expand overseas.

The overwhelming bulk of Chipotle locations are in the United States. It has just 44 international locations. You’d have to imagine that, at some point, it will start expanding to Canada, Europe, Asia, etc. This is a very underrated part of Chipotle’s business. In fact, it’s not uncommon for companies that are mature in the U.S. to get a second wind in overseas markets. For example, 50% of McDonald’s sales in 2021 came from overseas locations.

Granted, management hasn’t specifically stated that the company will expand overseas. But, either way, growth is clearly a major priority. Chipotle plans to expand to 7,000 locations total. For reference, the fast-food giant McDonald’s has 13,683 locations. If Chipotle can dominate the new gaps in the U.S. market and eventually set its sights to foreign countries then Chipotle stock will almost definitely be a winner.

I hope you’ve found this article on Chipotle stock to be valuable! Please remember that I’m not a financial advisor and am just offering my own research and commentary. As usual, please base all investment decisions on your own due diligence.

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Stocks for a recession: which companies have historically done well during recessions or are likely to this time?

Last week the Bank of England forecast a recession starting this autumn that it now expects to be deeper and longer than previously assumed. It also expects…

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Last week the Bank of England forecast a recession starting this autumn that it now expects to be deeper and longer than previously assumed. It also expects inflation to hit 13% by the end of the year just months after reassuring that it didn’t expect more than modestly high figures.

Having belatedly acknowledged the extent of the inflation problem, admittedly exacerbated by the impact on energy and food prices the war in Ukraine has had, the UK’s central bank’s nine-member Monetary Policy Committee voted to raise interest rates. Thursday’s 0.5 percentage points rise, which took the BoE’s base rate to 1.75%, was the biggest single increase in 27 years.

The European Central Bank and USA’s Federal Reserve have also taken aggressive measures on rates, with the former also raising rates by 0.5% to 0%. It was the ECB’s first rates rise in 11 years. The Fed went even further, raising rates for the fourth and largest time this year with a 0.75 percentage points hike to between 2.25% and 2.5%.

Aggressive interest rate hikes alongside high levels of inflation tend to result in recession with the combination referred to as stagflation. With inflation expected to remain high next year and not dropping back towards the target 2% before 2023, we could be in for an extended period of recession.

Why stock markets fall during a recession but not all stocks do

Stock markets historically do badly during recessions for the simple reason they are a proxy for the economy and economic activity. When economic activity drops, people and companies have less money or are worried about having less money, so they spend less and companies earn less. Investors also become less optimistic about their prospects and valuations drop.

But the kind of drop in economic activity that leads to recessions is not evenly distributed across all areas of an economy. When consumers cut back on spending, they typically choose to sacrifice some things and not others, rather than applying an even haircut across all costs. And there are goods and services that people spend more on rather than less when tightening their belts.

So while the net impact of a recession has always historically been the London Stock Exchange and other major international stock markets losing market capitalisation, or value, that doesn’t mean all the stocks that constitute them go down. Some go down by more than others. And some stocks grow in value because the companies sell the categories of goods and services people spend more on when they are either poorer or worried about becoming poorer.

Should we be investing “for” a recession?

This surely means all investors need to do to mitigate against a recession is to sell out of the stocks that do badly during an economic slump and buy into those that do well? In theory, yes. In practice, doing that successfully would mean being sure a recession will take place some time before it becomes a reality and timing its onset, then the subsequent recovery, well.

That is of course far easier said than done which is why even professional fund managers don’t attempt the kind of comprehensive portfolio flip that would involve. Some investors will make big bets on events like the onset of a recession or inflation spiralling out of control.

They are the kind of bets that make for dramatic wins like those portrayed in the Hollywood film The Big Crash, which tells the story of a group of traders who predicted and bet big on the 2007 subprime mortgage implosion that triggered the international financial crisis. But as the film relies on for its dramatic tension, the big winners of The Big Crash very nearly got their timing wrong. Another few days and they would have been forced to close their positions just before market conditions turned in their favour and lost everything.

The reality is the big, risky bets that result in spectacular investment wins when they come off are usually far more likely to go wrong than right. Which is why regular investors, rather than high risk traders using leverage, shouldn’t take them. At least not with their main investment portfolio if they don’t have the luxury of being able to justify setting aside 10% to 20% of capital for highr isk-high reward bets.

If you have a well-balanced investment portfolio with a long term horizon and you are happy with the overall quality of your investments, you may choose to do nothing at all to mitigate against the recession that is almost certainly coming. If you have ten years or more until you expect to start drawing down an income from your portfolio, your investments should have plenty of time to recover from this period.

But if you do want to rebalance because you feel your portfolio is generally too heavily weighted towards the kind of growth stocks particularly vulnerable to inflation, higher interest rates and recession, you might want to consider rotating some of your capital into the kind of stocks that might do well in a recession.

How to pick stocks that will do well in a recession?

There are two ways to highlight stocks that might do well in a recession. The first is the most obvious and simplest approach – look at which did well in previous recessions. We had a very brief recession at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and a much more significant one in 2008/09 in the wake of the international financial crisis. Which companies did well over those periods?

The second approach is to add a layer of complexity into the equation and consider how and why the coming recession might differ from the two most recent historical examples. The 2020 recession was extremely unusual in its brevity. Within a couple of months, stock markets were soaring again as people under quarantine and social distancing restrictions spent more in the digital economy and generally on services and products to enhance their experience being couped up at home.

The 2008/09 recession was also different because it was caused by a systemic failure in the financial sector. Unemployment leapt which is not expected to happen this time around with an especially tight labour market one result of the combination of the pandemic and Brexit. Many households also have higher levels of savings built up during the pandemic which a significant number of analysts believe is softening the impact of inflation.

While there are likely to be constants throughout recessions, there are also differences that should be taken into account. Normally energy companies do badly during a recession as lower economic activity means less energy being used. But energy companies are currently posting record profits because of sky-high energy prices which are one of the major factors behind the expected recession. They should continue to do well while the recession lasts as energy prices dropping again is likely to be one of the catalysts behind the recovery.

The online trading company eToro recently published two baskets of “recession winning stocks” – one made up of Wall Street-listed companies and the other companies listed in the UK. The stocks in each basket were selected because they were the biggest gainers during the last two recessions. Interestingly, they also did well during the intervening period between 2009 and 2020, as well as in the aftermath of the coronavirus crash.

The portfolio of US stocks beat the S&P 500 index of large American businesses by 60 percentage points through the financial crisis between 2007 and 2009 and by 9 percentage points during the Covid crisis in 2020.

The portfolio of UK stocks beat FTSE-100 by 35 percentage points during the financial crisis and by 17 percentage points in the Covid crash. Since 2007, the US portfolio has gained 834%, more than twice the return of the Nasdaq and about five times that of the S&P 500. The UK portfolio’s 129% return is eight times more than the FTSE 100’s, excluding dividends.

eToro says:

“Well represented segments included discount and everyday-low-price retailers as consumers trade down, like Walmart (WMT), Ross Stores (ROST) and Dollar Tree (DLTR).”

“Fast food McDonalds (MCD) is related. Similarly, home DIY, like Home Depot (HD) Lowe’s (LOWE), and auto repair parts stocks Autozone (AZO) and O’Reilly (ORLY). Health care and big biotech is well-represented as inelastic non-discretionary purchases, like Abbott (ABT), Amgen (AMGN), Vertex (VRTX).”

“Also, domestic comforts from toys (Hasbro, HAS) to candy (Hershey, HSY), and getting more from your money and tax (H&R Block, HRB), and educating yourself (2U, TWOU).”

The UK portfolio included the drug makers AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline, which did well because spending money on healthcare and medicines is essential and families don’t tend to cut back even when struggling financially.

The cigarette makers British American Tobacco and Imperial Brands also don’t usually see any downturn in demand because they benefit from a customer base addicted to their products. Both companies pay high and rising dividends. Consumer goods firms such as Unilever and Premier Foods also typically do well because they own strong brands that people bought even after price rises have been passed on.

Proactive Investor also picks out a range of London-listed stocks it expects to do well over the next year or so. In the energy sector that is doing so well at the moment it highlights Harbour Energy as a “core sector stock” and Diversified Energy Company as having “one of the lowest-risk free cash flow profiles in the sector”, while Energean (a client) provides “excellent visibility on multi-decade cash flows”.

Another difference to recent recessions could be how miners do during the one expected from autumn. Normally lower economic activity reduces for demand for commodities but the sector is also facing supply constraints that should see prices supported or rebound quickly.

Copper, mineral sands and diamonds look among the commodities most constrained in terms of supply, with limited supply growth under development. Mining and commodity stocks to look at are suggested as:

“Atalaya Mining (AIM:ATYM, TSX:AYM), Central Asia Metals, Kenmare Resources, Petra Diamonds and Antofagasta, with Tharisa PLC (LSE:THS, JSE:THA) tagged on as platinum group output to be in focus as automotive sales recover.”

“Gold stocks are seen as outperforming the market during the pullback phase, as in March 2020 and in the initial stages of a rebound, with top picks currently Pan African Resources PLC (AIM:PAF, OTCQX:PAFRY, JSE:PAN, OTCQX:PAFRF), Pure Gold Mining Inc (TSX-V:PGM, LSE:PUR, OTC:LRTNF), Wheaton Precious Metals and Yamana Gold (TSX:YRI, LSE:AUY).”

Credit Suisse has also picked out stocks that have historically outperformed during recessions, highlighting:

“London Stock Exchange Group PLC (LSE:LSEG), RELX PLC (LSE:REL), Experian (LSE:EXPN) PLC, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Visa Inc (NYSE:V).”

Don’t panic

While there is nothing wrong with doing some periodic portfolio rebalancing and potentially rotating more assets into stocks seen as likely to thrive in a recession, don’t panic. Recessions have always come and gone as part of the economic cycle and stock markets traditionally go on to greater heights during the subsequent recovery.

That means the chances are your portfolio will regain its losses and add new gains over the years ahead. Buying cheap growth stocks seen as likely candidates to flourish again during the recovery could be seen as just as sensible a tactic as rotating into recession-proof stocks. But if you do decide to reposition to some extent, look for stocks that have not only historically done well during recessions, or could be expected to during this one ahead, but are also healthy companies you would expect to keep doing well when markets recover. Then your success won’t come down to the fickle fate of whether or not you get your timing right.

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TDR’s U.S. Stock Market Preview For The Week Of August 8, 2022

A weekly stock market preview and the data that will impact the tape. Sunday Evening Futures Open – Stock Market Preview Weekend News And Developments…

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Sunday Evening Futures Open – Stock Market Preview

Weekend News And Developments

Berkshire Hathaway dramatically slowed new investment in the second quarter after setting a blistering pace at the start of the year, as the US stock market sell-off pushed the insurance-to-railroad conglomerate to a $43.8bn loss.

China’s southern island province of Hainan started mass Covid-19 testing on Sunday, locking down more parts of the province of over 10 million residents, as authorities scramble to contain multiple Omicron-driven outbreaks, including the worst in capital Sanya, often called “China’s Hawaii”.

Cuba: 17 missing, 121 injured as fire rages in oil tank farm in Matanzas City

Equity positioning for both discretionary and systematic investors remains in the 12th percentile of its range since January 2010, according to Deutsche Bank published last week.

Fisker Inc. (NYSE:FSR) unveils a process for qualifying US-based reservation holders of the Fisker Ocean all-electric SUV to retain access to the existing federal tax credit. The current $7,500 tax credit would be unavailable should Congress pass the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and President Biden signs the legislation into law.

Former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown has called for an emergency budget before the UK hits a “financial timebomb” this autumn. Mr. Brown said millions would be pushed “over the edge” if the government does not address the cost of living crisis.

Israel said Sunday it killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in a crowded Gaza refugee camp, the second such targeted attack since launching its high-stakes military offensive against the militant group just before the weekend. The Iran-backed militant group has fired hundreds of rockets at Israel in response, raising the risk of the cross-border fighting turning into a full-fledged war.

NexJ Systems (TSX: NXJ) announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Rhine river hit by drought conditions, hampers German cargo shipping. According to reports, transport prices have shot up as drought and hot weather have affected water levels in the river Rhine in Germany leading cargo vessels to reduce loads during transportation.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said it had detected 66 Chinese air force planes and 14 Chinese warships conducting activities in and around the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, Reuters reports. Thursday’s drills involved the live firing of 11 missiles.

Unifor: 1,800 members from across the country arrive in Toronto this weekend before Monday’s start to the union’s 4th Constitutional Convention, where delegates will elect a new National President and vote on key priorities and initiatives. Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. 

U.S. rate futures have priced in a 69% chance of a 75 bps hike at its September meeting, up from about 41% before the payrolls data. Futures traders have also factored in a fed funds rate of 3.57% by the end of the year.

What The Analysts Are Saying…

Anybody that jumped on the ‘Fed is going to pivot next year and start cutting rates’ is going to have to get off at the next station, because that’s not in the cards. It is clearly a situation where the economy is not screeching or heading into a recession here and now.” — Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley Financial

“It is not a market bottom, things are not going to go up consistently from here because we are going to be buying low tech products for a while, so everyone has something to make up as COVID demand = pre-COVID​, there are fewer units for this. Reality check – unlike ‘Big Tech’, consumer discretionary related companies are offering more cautious guidance.”Morgan Stanley analyst commentary on a potential market bottom

The fact of the matter is this (Aug. 5 nonfarm payroll report) gives the Fed additional room to continue to tighten, even if it raises the probability of pushing the economy into recession. It’s not going to be an easy task to continue to tighten without negative repercussions for the consumer and the economy”. — Jim Baird, chief investment officer at Plante Moran Financial Advisors

“We are surprised to not see investors start to chase upside calls in fear of underperforming the market. People are just watching.” — Matthew Tym, head of equity derivatives trading at Cantor Fitzgerald

What We’re Watching

Psychedelic Sector Gaining Momentum: What started out as bottoming action after a protracted multi-quarter decline has now morphed into a tangible bullish impulse. We believe Netflix new docuseries How To Change Your Mind has played an important roll in the creation of critical mass awareness for the sector—and a rebound in broad market risk assets hasn’t hurt. At the tip of the spear for this sentiment shift is COMPASS Pathways plc (CMPS), which has risen 62.64% since  the docuseries debuted on July 12. Price on the benchmark Horizons Psychedelic Stock Index ETF has now breached the 20-day MA/EMA.

We are watching to see if investor sentiment shifts into laggard names such as Cybin Inc. and MindMed, which has continued to fall following a proposed 15-1 reverse stock split initiative announced this year. Many Tier-2/3 names still 90%+ off their highs…

Revive Therapeutics (RVV:CSE, RVVTF:OTC): This has been on our radar for the last couple of weeks, and remains on our watch list. The company has already confirmed that their statistician is in possession of 210 unblinded patient data for its Phase 3 clinical trial to evaluate Bucillamine to treat COVID-19. The company is currently attempting to revise endpoint data from a hospitalization/death focus to a symptoms focus. If they are to achieve this, it will mark a material event in the course of the trial.

YTD performance (+33.09%), Revive Therapeutics (RVVTF); Red line = 7day EMA

We believe an endpoint decision, either positive or negative, is imminent and will have cause a material price action event.

Consumer Price Index, August 10: Consumer inflation expectations for July are released by the New York Fed, while the University of Michigan’s preliminary survey of consumers for August is on tap. Taken together, these should give investors a better picture of how consumers are feeling about current economic conditions. 

As of June, it’s running at 9.1% on an annual basis. Investors, economists and consumers will be watching to see if price increases are easing as everything from gasoline to food is elevated.

Given the mixed signals on the overall state of the economy (i.e. indications of recession vs. this week’s strong nonfarm payrolls number), CPI will be in-focus by market participants. Scotiabank expects 8.9% y/y (9.1% prior) and 0.4% m/m for headline CPI; ex-food-and-energy: 6.1% y/y led by a 0.6% m/m gain.

Pot stocks earnings continue, with several Tier-1/Teri-2 names reporting including Curaleaf Holdings, Trulieve Cannabis, Marimed Inc., Cronos Group, TerrAscend Corp. and more. Last Wednesday, Green Thumb Industries allayed fears somewhat that this earnings season would be a write-off, producing solid numbers which beat expectations on several key metrics. An additional strong report or two will go a long way to help improve sentiment for a sector that’s been decimated over the past six quarters.

U.S. Economic Calendar

TIME (ET)REPORTPERIODMEDIAN FORECASTPREVIOUS
Monday, August 8
11:00 AMNY Fed 3-year inflation expectationsJuly3.60%
Tuesday, Aug. 9
6:00 AMNFIB small-business indexJuly89.589.5
8:30 AMProductivityQ2-4.30%-7.30%
8:30 AMUnit labor costsQ29.30%12.60%
Wednesday, August 10
8:30 AMConsumer price indexJuly0.30%1.30%
8:30 AMCore CPIJuly0.60%0.70%
8:30 AMCPI (year-over-year)July-8.70%9.10%
8:30 AMCore CPI (year-over-year)July6.10%5.90%
10:00 AMWholesale inventories (revision)June1.90%1.70%
2:00 PMFederal budget (compared with year earlier)July-$302 billion
Thursday, August 11
8:30 AMInitial jobless claimsAug. 6265,000260,000
8:30 AMContinuing jobless claimsJuly 301.42 million
8:30 AMProducer price indexJuly0.20%1.10%
Friday, Aug. 12
8:30 AMImport price indexJuly-0.80%0.20%
10:00 AMUMich consumer sentiment index (preliminary)Aug.5352
10:00 AMUMich 5-year inflation expectations (preliminary)Aug.2.90%

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Key Earnings (US Markets)

DateCompanySymbolEarnings estimate
Monday, August 83D SystemsDDD$0.00 per share
BarrickGOLD$0.22
BioNTechBNTX$7.08
EnergizerENR$0.76
News Corp.NWSA$0.08
NovavaxNVAX$5.18
Palantir TechnologiesPLTR$0.03
Take-Two Interactive SoftwareTTWO$0.86
Tyson FoodsTSN$1.97
UpstartUPST$0.08
Tuesday, Aug. 9Akamai TechnologiesAKAM$1.31
AramarkARMK$0.24
Bausch HealthBHC$0.91
Carlyle GroupCG$1.07
CoindeskCOIN-$2.68
Cronos GroupCRON-$0.07
EbixEBIX$0.58
EmersonEMR$1.29
GlobalFoundriesGFS$0.45
Grocery OutletGO$0.24
H & R BlockHRB$1.24
Hilton Grand VacationsHGV$0.88
Hyatt HotelsH$0.03
IAC/InterActiveCorpIAC-$2.35
iRobotIRBT-$1.55
Maxar TechnologiesMAXR$0.12
Norwegian Cruise LineNCLH-$0.83
Plug PowerPLUG-$0.20
Rackspace TechnologyRXT$0.16
Ralph LaurenRL$1.71
RobloxRBLX-$0.26
Spirit AirlinesSAVE-$0.46
Super Micro ComputerSMCI$2.35
SyscoSYY$1.11
The Trade DeskTTD$0.20
TTEC HoldingsTTEC$0.85
Unity SoftwareU-$0.21
Warner Music GroupWMG$0.20
World Wrestling EntertainmentWWE$0.55
Wynn ResortsWYNN-$0.97
Wednesday, August 10AppLovinAPP$0.50
CoherentCOHR$2.13
CoupangCPNG-$0.10
CyberArk SoftwareCYBR$0.01
Dutch BrosBROS$0.07
Fox Corp.FOXA$0.77
Franco-NevadaFNV$0.98
Jack in the BoxJACK$1.42
Manulife FinancialMFC$0.76
MatterportMTTR-$0.14
Pan Am SilverPAAS$0.14
Red Robin GourmetRRGB-$0.16
SonosSONO$0.21
TraegerCOOK$0.04
Wendy’sWEN$0.22
Wolverine World WideWWW$0.65
Thursday, August 11AerCapAER$1.42
BaiduBIDU$10.92
Brookfield Asset ManagementBAM$0.69
Canada GooseGOOS$2.98
Cardinal HealthCAH$1.18
Dillard’sDDS$2.88
Flower FoodsFLO$0.27
IlluminaILMN$0.64
LegalZoomLZ$0.02
Melco Resorts & EntertainmentMLCO-$0.44
NioNIO-$1.36
PoshmarkPOSH-$0.25
Rivian AutomotiveRIVN-$1.63
Ryan Specialty GroupRYAN$0.35
Six FlagsSIX$1.04
Solo BrandsSOLO$0.28
ToastTOST-$0.12
Utz BrandsUTZ$0.12
Warby ParkerWRBY-$0.02
W&T OffshoreWTI$0.37
Wheaton Precious MetalsWPM$0.32
Friday, Aug. 12Broadridge FinancialBR$2.65
Honest CompanyHNST$-$0.09
Spectrum BrandsSPB$1.42

FDA Calendar

None

Source: CNN Business – TDR’s stock market preview sentiment indicator

Past Week What’s Hot… and What’s Not

Source: TradingView – TDR’ stock market preview what’s hot this past week

Top 12 High Short Interest Stocks

TickerCompanyExchangeShortIntFloatShares O/SIndustry
BBBYBed Bath & Beyond Inc.Nasdaq46.38%61.57M79.96MRetail (Specialty Non-Apparel)
ICPTIntercept Pharmaceuticals IncNasdaq43.76%23.62M29.71MBiotechnology & Medical Research
MSTRMicroStrategy IncNasdaq39.29%9.32M9.33MSoftware & Programming
BYNDBeyond Meat IncNasdaq37.91%56.79M63.54MFood Processing
SWTXSpringWorks Therapeutics IncNasdaq37.51%31.64M49.41MBiotechnology & Medical Research
BIGBig Lots, Inc.NYSE37.37%26.49M28.92MRetailers – Discount Stores
EVGOEvgo IncNasdaq35.65%67.76M69.00MUtilities – Electric
UPSTUpstart Holdings IncNasdaq35.60%72.32M84.77MConsumer Lending
BGFVBig 5 Sporting Goods CorpNasdaq34.65%20.85M22.33MRetailers – Miscellaneous Specialty
SRGSeritage Growth PropertiesNYSE34.38%23.58M43.68MReal Estate Operations
NKLANikola CorporationNasdaq32.77%265.95M421.14MAuto & Truck Manufacturers
BLNKBlink Charging CoNasdaq32.54%33.98M50.20MUtilities – Electric

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Regen BioPharma Inc (OTCMKTS: RGBP) Breaking Out as Biotech Files Patent on Dendritic Cell Technologies to Augment Efficacy of Survivin mRNA Cancer Immunotherapeutic Vaccine

Regen BioPharma Inc (OTCMKTS: RGBP) is making a powerful reversal rocketing back into penny land on Friday up 46% on $1.6 million in dollar volume. RGBP…

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Regen BioPharma Inc (OTCMKTS: RGBP) is making a powerful reversal rocketing back into penny land on Friday up 46% on $1.6 million in dollar volume. RGBP has a massive following of shareholders, many of them international that are jumping on board and accumulating heavily now that RGBP has reversed. Several weeks ago, the Company announced the filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office of a provisional patent application covering utilization of dendritic cell technologies to augment efficacy of its patented survivin mRNA cancer immunotherapeutic vaccine.  RGBP CEO Dr. David Koos stated: “We are proud of our collaborators and colleagues who have worked on our first issued survivin patent, which was filed in 2015, before the world realized the potency of modified-mRNA technology that was first successfully commercialized with the COVID-19 vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer. The currently filed application discloses means of significantly increasing efficacy by combining modified-mRNA with unique cellular immunotherapy as well as adjuvant approaches.  We chose this strategy to maximally protect our intellectual property around this potentially very valuable mRNA cancer immunotherapy vaccine.”  

Microcapdaily has been reporting on RGBP since early last year. The last time we covered the Company we stated among other things: “RGBP is one of the most followed stocks in small caps with a huge investors base and it has a long history of big moves skyrocketing to 8 cents plus twice over the past 12 months. There are also plenty of buyout rumors on RGBP; notably in the July PR Dr. koos stated: “We are proud of our collaborators and colleagues who have worked on our first issued survivin patent, which was filed in 2015, before the world realized the potency of modified-mRNA technology that was first successfully commercialized with the COVID-19 vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer. Rumors are circulating that Dr. Koos has offers for either a B/O or potential joint ventures, licensing, partnerships, or a merger. He wants to get the best offer out there. Regen owns a valuable intellectual property portfolio including 8 issued patents and 13 published patent applications, these patents address enormous billion-dollar markets. RGBP has not seen the kind of volume and interest it showed on Friday in a long time and looks to be preparing to embark on something substantial here.  

Regen BioPharma, Inc. - HomeRegen BioPharma Inc (OTCMKTS: RGBP) is focused on the immunology and immunotherapy space. The Company is focused on rapidly advancing novel technologies through pre-clinical and Phase I/ II clinical trials. Currently, the Company is focused on mRNA and small molecule therapies for treating cancer and autoimmune disorders.  

Regen owns a valuable intelectuable property portfolio including 8 issued patents and 13 published patent applications. Zander Therapeutics, Inc. (a company under common control) has been granted an exclusive license to develop and commercialize IP controlled by the Company for non-human veterinary therapeutic use. Regen has granted an exclusive license to Oncology Pharma, Inc. to develop and commercialize “Antigen specific mRNA cellular cancer vaccines” for the treatment of pancreatic cancer and KCL Therapeutics, Inc. has granted an exclusive license to Oncology Pharma, Inc. to develop and commercialize certain intellectual property for the treatment of colon cancer. 

The Company is led by CEO David Koos who has over 30 years of investment banking and venture capital experience.  He has a deep knowledge of startup businesses, public markers and SEC reporting companies.  Dr. Koos has extensive relationships with large and small financial institutions, hedge funds and entities that Regen BioPharma expects to leverage for company growth. Dr. Koos has a Ph.D. in Sociology and a Doctor of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance.  Additionally, he has authored / co-authored numerous peer reviewed journal articles. Dr. Koos worked hard to get the filings up to date and get the Company compliant which has recently been completed with RGBP now “pink current”  

Earlier this year RGBP announced a program to accelerate the clinical development of its NR2F6 therapies. The Company intends to combine modified mRNA technology with Regen’s existing siRNA (small interfering RNA) intellectual property targeting the NR2F6 nuclear receptor which has been identified as a potentially very important immune cell inhibitor (an immune checkpoint) and cancer stem cell differentiator. mRNA is a single-stranded molecule that carries genetic code from DNA in a cell’s nucleus to ribosomes (the cell’s protein-making machinery).    

Regen has filed an Investigational New Drug Application (IND#16928) for their drug termed tCellVax   with the U.S. FDA. tCellVax is intended to utilize siRNA to silence NR2F6 activity in human immune cells thereby activating these immune cells in such a way that they can attack cancer cells. The Company believes that adding new intellectual property utilizing modified mRNA will profoundly simplify the drug development process and thus speed development. Dyo Biotechnologies has been contracted to assist Regen with the development of the above-mentioned technology. 

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On July 26 RGBP announced the filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office of a provisional patent application covering utilization of dendritic cell technologies to augment efficacy of its patented survivin mRNA cancer immunotherapeutic vaccine.  

In 2021 the Company was granted US patent # 11,090,332 on composition of matter of survivin modified-mRNA useful for teaching the immune system to kill cancer. In the current patent, specific types of dendritic cells, means of generating specialized dendritic cells, and the planned formulation that will enter clinical trials have been granted patent protection. 

Immunotherapy of cancer represents a very large market which is currently being led by the class of drugs called “checkpoint inhibitors” and “CAR-T” cells.  To date there is no mRNA immunotherapy available for treating cancer. This patent application protects the use of our patented survivin mRNA both as a stand-alone vaccine and as an immunotherapy. 

RGBP CEO Dr. David Koos stated: “We are proud of our collaborators and colleagues who have worked on our first issued survivin patent, which was filed in 2015, before the world realized the potency of modified-mRNA technology that was first successfully commercialized with the COVID-19 vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer. The currently filed application discloses means of significantly increasing efficacy by combining modified-mRNA with unique cellular immunotherapy as well as adjuvant approaches.  We chose this strategy to maximally protect our intellectual property around this potentially very valuable mRNA cancer immunotherapy vaccine.” 

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Currently trading at a $55 million market valuation RGBP has 5,024,517,324 shares outstanding and a debt load that has caused significant dilution in the past. But RGBP is an exciting story developing in small caps, at current levels the selling pressure that decimated the share price from over $0.08 to half a penny is gone and buyers have stepped in and are accumulating heavily at current levels. RGBP is no stranger to big moves and has runner in its blood skyrocketing to $0.0819 not once but twice in the past year alone. Several weeks ago, the Company announced the filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office of a provisional patent application covering utilization of dendritic cell technologies to augment efficacy of its patented survivin mRNA cancer immunotherapeutic vaccine.  RGBP CEO Dr. David Koos stated: “We are proud of our collaborators and colleagues who have worked on our first issued survivin patent, which was filed in 2015, before the world realized the potency of modified-mRNA technology that was first successfully commercialized with the COVID-19 vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer. The currently filed application discloses means of significantly increasing efficacy by combining modified-mRNA with unique cellular immunotherapy as well as adjuvant approaches.  We chose this strategy to maximally protect our intellectual property around this potentially very valuable mRNA cancer immunotherapy vaccine.” Rumors are circulating that Dr. Koos has offers for either a B/O or potential joint ventures, licensing, partnerships, or a merger. He wants to get the best offer out there. Regen owns a valuable intellectual property portfolio including 8 issued patents and 13 published patent applications, these patents address enormous billion-dollar markets. RGBP has not seen the kind of volume and interest it showed on Friday in a long time and looks to be preparing to embark on something substantial here. We will be updating on RGBP when more details emerge so make sure you are subscribed to Microcapdaily so you know what’s going on with RGBP.

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